'We deserved more'

14th April 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal felt Swansea City did not get what they deserved after they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Everton.

The Swans were the better side for long periods as they produced a performance full of desire and no shortage of quality.

But having failed to take their first-half chances, Carvalhal’s team fell behind in unfortunate circumstances just before the break when the ball ricocheted off Kyle Naughton and over Lukasz Fabianski’s line.

The Swans came again after the break, and deservedly levelled when Jordan Ayew drilled home on 71 minutes.

The hosts then pushed hard for a winner, but they had to make do with a point after Tammy Abraham fired over the top.

“The first question all the journalists asked me after the game was the same – they asked if I felt we deserved more,” Carvalhal said.

“That tells you that there is information behind the question.

“It’s obvious that we deserved more. We tried to win the game from the start. We put out a team to win the game, we played to win the game and we had three or four clear situations where we could have scored.

“We achieved one point. We didn’t win a point today because we deserved three, but we achieved a point and you never know if this point will be important in the end.

“We played with big heart and big commitment and we deserved more. Sometimes in football you win points you don’t deserve, and sometimes you don’t get the points you deserve.

“I think this one of those situations where we didn’t get what we deserved but, if we play like that in all the games we have left, we will have a big chance to stay up.”

Despite claiming another point – and moving five clear of the drop zone in the process – the Swans dropped two places in the table after wins for Huddersfield and Crystal Palace.

But the nature of the Swans’ performance offered plenty of encouragement heading into the season’s home straight.

“Credit to their goalkeeper, he made two or three fantastic saves,” Carvalhal added.

“We conceded a strange goal, but then we came back very strongly to get something – as we have done five or six times I think since I came here.

“In the second half we were on the attack. We got to 1-1 and we could have scored before and after we did.

“We played against a very competitive and well-organised Everton team and we deserved to win. To play like this in the position we are in – I am really happy with my players and also the fans.

“We played a great game and we will try to carry on playing like this.”